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  • Germany to send 15 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine in July

    Germany will deliver 15 Flakpanzer Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine in July.

    Speaking after a meeting Friday between German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and her Ukrainian counterpart, Olexii Resnokiv, a Lambrecht said the anti-aircraft system will be used to defend critical infrastructure in Ukraine.

    Germany will provide training support as well as 60,000 rounds of ammunition.

    Lambrecht explained that the Gepard is an effective weapon with a "considerable deterrent …

  • Germany to supply anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine

    The German government is likely to allow the supply of Flakpanzer Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled guns from its industrial reserves to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, repots Der Spiegel, citing its sources.

    According to the newspaper, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht will announce this today at an Allied conference at the Ramstein air base in Germany.

    Also, according to the source, she will announce that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be trained to operate Panzerhaubitze 2000 …

  • Switzerland vetoes supply of heavy weapons from Germany to Ukraine

    The position of the Swiss authorities may become an unexpected obstacle for supplying heavy weapons from Germany to Ukraine. The Swiss government has vetoed  Germany’s request to ship Swiss-made ammunition used in the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to Ukraine, the Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung reported, citing a representative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

    "SECO has received two requests from Germany for the shipment of ammunition previously produced in …

  • German company Rheinmetall asks Berlin for permission to supply 100 Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine

    A subsidiary of the German defense holding Rheinmetall has asked the German government for permission to supply 100 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IVF) to Ukraine, reports the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

    According to the newspaper, the request was received by the Ministry of Economy of Germany and was immediately transferred to the Federal Security Council, which, in addition to the head of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, includes the head of the Federal Chancellor's Office, as well as …

  • Germany will pay a record amount for Russian oil and gas in 2022

    At the end of 2022, Germany will pay Russia for oil and gas 3 billion euros more than a year earlier. This is double the amount paid last year. The payment amount will  reach a record 33.9 billion euros, reports Greenpeace.

    According to Greenpeace, Germany's spending on Russian oil is expected to grow from 11.4 billion euros in 2021 to 14.3 billion euros in 2022. Spending on Russian gas will double - from 8.8 billion euros to 17.6 billion euros. Another 2.1 billion euros will be paid for …

  • German company Rheinmetall says it is ready to supply tanks to Ukraine

    The German defense concern Rheinmetall is ready to provide a shipment of used Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. "The first Leopard 1 can be delivered within six weeks," said Armin Papperger, chairman of the board of directors, in an interview with the newspaper Handelsblatt. To begin deliveries to Ukraine the company will need consent of the German government.

    According to Papperger, Rheinmetall can supply up to 50 Leopard 1 tanks from the old stock of the armies of other countries. The status of …

  • Berlin: Germany has reached its limit for supplying weapons to Ukraine

    German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Germany had reached the limit on the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the warehouses of the Bundeswehr.

    "Of course, we are urged to support Ukraine in its courageous struggle. As for supplies from the Bundeswehr warehouses, I must honestly say: we have now reached the limit, because our troops should still be able to guarantee the national defense and defense of the Alliance," she said in an interview with Augsburger Allgemeine.

    At the …

  • Der Spiegel: in intercepted radio communications obtained by German intelligence Russian soldiers speak about killings in Bucha

    The Federal Intelligence Service of Germany (BND) allegedly intercepted radio communications of the Russian military, which contain new information about the massacre in the town of Bucha near Kyiv, reports Der Spiegel.

    In radio messages, the Russians discussed the killings of civilians in Bucha. Some radio conversations can be correlated with the specific dead bodies in the photos from Bucha.

    In particular, the German intelligence service has radio messages, the content of which correlates …

  • Berlin: Germany among top 3 arms suppliers to Ukraine

    Germany is one of the three largest suppliers of weapons to Ukraine, and according to some indicators even ranks second, said the spokesperson for the German Defense Ministry, Captain David Helmbold at a press conference in Berlin.

    The day before, during a visit to Washington, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht noted that " Germany has become the second largest supplier of weapons to Ukraine." She declined to give specific numbers.

    The Minister's statement caused some bewilderment …

  • Ukrainian ambassador: Berlin believed Ukraine would fall to Russia in only a few hours

    Berlin believed that Ukraine would last only "a few hours" after the Russian invasion. Therefore, German politicians opposed the supply of weapons to Kyiv and the disconnection of Russia from the SWIFT system, Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk told the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    According to him, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner was one of those who believed in Russia’s quick victory. Melnyk said that, at one of the meetings, Lindner was sitting next to him …